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Tourism highlights of Uganda: Jinja is the world famous source of the Nile . Popular for rafting. Contacting a local tour operator it is possible to arrange a day trip from Kampala . Kisoro, Murchinson and other National Parks.

One of the most popular tourism activities is gorilla safari. A permit is needed to see the endangered mountain gorilla in their natural habitat. Uganda Wildlife Authorityissues this permit for approx. US $ 375.00

When visiting Uganda , you must try its food, it includes: luwombo, meat cooked in green leaves. Matooke, binyebwa (ground nut sauce), chappatti, and stew meat.

 
How to get there

When coming to Uganda by air, you will actually arrive in the city of Entebbe at Entebbe International Airport, 35km (22miles) southwest of Kampala. You can get from Entebbe to Kampala via taxi (approx 30,000 USh one way) or minibus. If you leave Uganda by air there is a departure tax of 40.00 US $.

By bus from Kenya to Kampala, you can arrive via Malaba and Busia. Direct buses operate between Kampala and Nairobi daily, and take around 12 to 14 hours. From Tanzania through the Kagera salient on the western side of Lake Victoria. From Zaïre, the two main crossing points are west from Kisoro to Rutshuru via Bunagana, and northwest from Kasese to Beni.
In-site transportation:

There are three methods of public transportation: boda bodas, matatu, and special hires. The fastest method is the boda bodas; motorcycles that you see all over the city. Average prices are between 1,000 and 2,000 Ush.

Matatus are a series of minibuses that follow relatively preset routes all over the city. They are known taxis in Uganda. You can ask for your destination and you will be told yes or no. If you tell your conductor "Stage" they will stop the van. The normal fare is 300-500 USh per person when driving into the city, 500-1000 Ush when driving outward.

Taxis, also called special hires, are readily available at most central locations. A few taxis have meters, but most do not. Most destinations can be reached for 5,000 USh.

Useful information:

Entebbe International Airport, which is 40km from the capital Kampala, is serviced by a number of international airlines, including Air France, SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwanda Air Express, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

A visa for those who require one can be purchased on the spot at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border the price is about US $ 30.00. You can also contact your nearest Ugandan Embassy.

African dwarf kingfisher
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs.
       
Tours
Kampala city tour

Visits to The Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Bulange(Baganda Parliament Building), Tortoises, Kabaka's Lake, Namirembe Cathederal, Rubaga Cathederal, Makerere University, Taxi Park, and other areas of interest.

Katsubi tombs
Jinja


Head out of Kampala to the East, passing city sprawl and sugarcane plantations enroute to a stop at Mabira Forest .  See Black-and-white Colobus monkeys and other primates, as well as many birds.  Proceed to Jinja - Source of the Nile and a visit the Nile Gardens.  Know the history of the Source of the Nile .  Visit Bujagali Falls and Ssezibwe Falls for a chance to see the traditional healer in full regalia. 

 
Entebbe and Ngamba Island


Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, located about 45 minutes by boat from Entebbe .  A visit to this island helps provide funding and education for the chimpanzees, who live a relatively wild existance on this private island sanctuary. The trip from Kampala to Entebbe takes about 45 minutes.  Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island.

Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to 326 mountain gorillas, about half the world’s total. The park is inhabited by 120 species of mammals including 30 elephants, 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. Four gorillas groups are currently available to be visited on a daily basis.
Murchinson Falls

Murchison Falls National Park, the forest shelters many primate species, including Chimpanzees, while the river attracts various Antelopes, Buffalos, Rothschild-Giraffes and Elephants. The most impressive view is at the top, where the Nile forces its way through a 7 meter gap in the rocks and tumbles 40 meters down.

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